1915 Singer 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 3454 Engine no. C3556

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Lot 106
1915 Singer 10hp Tourer
Registration no. LO 7815 Chassis no. 3454 Engine no. C3556

Sold for £ 11,500 (US$ 16,048) inc. premium
1915 Singer 10hp Tourer
Registration no. LO 7815
Chassis no. 3454
Engine no. C3556
Coventry cycle manufacturer Singer first ventured into the world of powered transport in 1901, making tricycles and motorcycles. Tri-cars soon followed, with car production proper commencing in 1905 when the firm introduced a 15hp, horizontal three-cylinder model built under licence from Lea-Francis. A range of conventional four-cylinder cars with front-mounted vertical engines followed in 1907. Aster and White & Poppe power units were used at first, the latter exclusively from 1908 until the arrival of Singer’s own in 1912. The first Singer-powered model - the 10hp - debuted at The Cycle & Motor Cycle Show in November 1912. Because it weighed less than 7cwt and was under 1,100cc in capacity (actually 1,096cc) the 10hp Singer was classed as a cyclecar, which explains the choice of venue. But unlike the majority of contemporary cyclecars, which were flimsy affairs of limited practicality, the new baby Singer was a proper light car and thus a development of immense significance. The Times observed: “it deserves considerable credit for demonstrating that for really cheap motoring the pure-bred vehicle, as opposed to the half motorcycle, half car hybrid, possesses enormous superiority.” Priced at £185 at launch and produced for more than a decade, the Ten was an immense commercial success for Singer and is regarded as a landmark model in the history of the British motor industry.
Its late owner purchased this Singer Ten (‘Nellie’) on 10th May 1953, entering this very usable late Edwardian vehicle in the VCC’s 1953 Coronation Rally where it achieved notable photographic exposure. Subsequently rallied in various VCC events, ‘Nellie’ is illustrated in Veterans of the Road by Elizabeth Nagle (plate 100). Finished in green with matching leather upholstery, the vehicle is offered with operating instructions, spares lists, old-style buff logbook recording two previous owners, SORN certificate, Swansea V5 registration document and old-style VCC Dating Certificate (No. 282, 1952).

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1915 Singer 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 3454 Engine no. C3556
1915 Singer 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 3454 Engine no. C3556
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